Have you ever wondered what happens in that unusual building with the tent-like roof at the Inner Harbor? Science happens! The Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology opens its doors to the public for a free Open House on Saturday, May 5, 1-4 p.m. to share the exciting discoveries happening at the harbor’s edge.

Enjoy hands-on activities for kids all ages, meet our scientists, and discover important research related to food, energy, the environment, and human health.

  • Check out the fish and crabs in a behind-the-scenes tour of our Aquaculture Research Center
  • Find out how “nature’s nightlight” works….microscopic organisms that glow in the dark!
  • Learn how to use research tools like microscopes and pipettes to sample DNA
  • Talk with our graduate students about what it’s like to be a scientist, and much more!

Scientists at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) are engaged in cutting-edge research in microbiology, molecular biology, and biotechnology. They are using marine organisms like sponges to develop drugs for cancer and tuberculosis, devising ways to make alternative fuel out of algae found in the Chesapeake, and working on understanding how crabs and fish grow so we have abundant sources of food.

An initiative of the University System of Maryland, the Institute of Marine and Environmental Science is made up of researchers and graduate students from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, University of Maryland Baltimore County and University of Maryland, Baltimore.